1. Accept that food is no longer fun
As you probably suspected, you cannot exercise your way to low bodyfat. What you eat—and don’t eat—are the lion’s share of this process. “You need to get rid of everything and anything that is nonessential,” says Aulet. “If it’s not providing you with nutrients, it goes.” This means sugary drinks, processed carbs—basically, if it has an ingredient panel with anything other than whole foods, it’s no longer on the list. You’ll also be nixing most seasonings, short of herbs and black pepper, vinegar, lemon, and small amounts of oil. Pre-mixed sauces and dressings often have sugar, so they’re totally out. Salt is also the enemy—it makes the body retain water, which can inhibit fat loss and make it hard to see progress because of bloat. Drinking a lot of water is important, too—Aulet aims for a gallon a day—to stay hydrated.
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